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Week in Geek: The Create Shortcuts to Nearly Anything Edition

Over the years, we’ve written loads of articles about how to create shortcuts to system functions that aren’t easily accessible otherwise—and we’ve got a list of the best ones here.

Pretty much all of these shortcuts work in Windows 7 or Vista, but some of them also work in XP.

image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Turn the Desktop Icons On or Off
image Create Shutdown / Restart / Lock Icons in Windows 7 or Vista
image Create a Shortcut Icon or Hotkey to Turn Windows 7 / Vista Firewall On or Off
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey for the Safely Remove Hardware Dialog
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Clear the Clipboard in Windows
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Eject the CD/DVD Drive
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Immediately Eject a Specific USB Drive
 image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Mute the System Volume in Windows
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Open Task Manager’s “All Users” View in Windows 7 or Vista
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Run CCleaner Silently
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Switch Power Plans
image Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Turn Off the Monitor
image Create a Shortcut to Enable/Disable Aero Transparency in 7 / Vista
image Create a Shortcut to the Stored User Names and Passwords Dialog in Windows
image Create Icons to Start the Screensaver on Windows 7 or Vista
image Stupid Geek Tricks: Create a Shortcut to Quickly Edit Your Hosts File
image Create Shortcuts to Quickly Reboot to the Alternate OS in a Vista/XP Dual-Boot
image Create Administrator Mode Shortcuts Without UAC Prompts in Windows 7 or Vista
image Create Shortcut Icon to Disable / Enable the Screensaver

TinyHacker Random Geekery

This was a shorter week for our publishing schedule, so here’s a shorter list of fun stuff we found. 

image Find What You Are Looking for Fast using Windows Grep
image Create Your Own Animated Movies Online using MeMoov
image Download New McAfee Avert Stinger
image 3 Free Amazon MP3 Downloads
image Scan your Hard Disk for Errors using Windows Surface Scanner

Super User QnA

Ever wondered if there’s an alternative Skype client out there? Well, there’s not really, but there are other interfaces you can use instead. Read on.

The How-To Geek’s Lifehacker Features

Over on Lifehacker, I’ve written quite a few lengthy articles in the last month covering keeping your system safe and secure, and making sure that you’ve properly backed up your data. Definitely worth a read.

image Protect Yourself from Drive-By Browser Malware Attacks
image You’re Backing Up Your Data the Wrong Way
image Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough
image How to Really Browse Without Leaving a Trace

The Geek Note

Hopefully all of you had a happy Thanksgiving and found a great Black Friday deal on a Nintendo Wii Fit to burn off the calories or gather dust.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/28/09

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